Since September, your Stewardship Team, aka Team L.I.F.E, has been planting seeds around the theme Celebrate L.I.F.E. in hopes that the idea of offering our Labor, Influence, Finances, and Expertise takes root and, as a community, we hear God’s call toward holistic generosity. In October, we heard testimonies from two long-time members of St. Michael’s, Jeanne and David Pace, as well as the next generation of givers, three young parishioners. Please click here to watch the Paces’ testimonial, and here to watch Rector Chris Craun and these young people as they share their feelings about generosity.
We also had the opportunity to learn from saké expert and Team L.I.F.E member Aaron Gibbons who shared his L.I.F.E. with us at a delicious and hilarious saké-tasting and karaoke night. On November 5th, as we celebrated All Saints’ Day and remembered all those who have gone before us, we were given our pledge cards for 2018. Then on November 12, we hosted a guest preacher, The Rev. Phil Brochard, rector of All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Berkeley, CA, and turned in and consecrated our pledge cards with blessing and praise to God. Between the 9:00 and 11:00 am services, our very creative stewardship team organized a fun and fast-moving Game of L.I.F.E, moderated by Fr. Phil.
These are just a few examples of parishioners offering their gifts — their L.I.F.E — with the St. Michael’s and wider community. We hope and pray that you will discern your gifts and also how you can financially support St. Michael’s in the coming year. Pledge cards are still available in the Gallery if you didn’t receive one at church or in your mail.